Amy Siston

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Amy K. Siston, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Director, Psycho-Oncology Services

Amy Siston, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist with dual expertise in psycho-oncology and sexual health. Dr. Siston focuses on providing support and care for cancer patients and survivors, including addressing the impact cancer has on quality of life and sexual health and intimacy. She is committed to helping patients navigate the psychological and emotional challenges of cancer while also promoting physical and sexual well-being, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives beyond their illness.

Working with her patients, Dr. Siston develops treatment plans that may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and other evidence-based therapies for cancer patients throughout their cancer care.

As an active researcher, her work contributes to the field of psycho-oncology, with a special interest in helping patients cope and adjust to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Dr. Siston also investigates methods to support partners’ as they adjust to a cancer experience and/or changes in the couple’s intimate relationship.

In additional to her dedication to patients, Dr. Siston serves on the American Psychosocial Oncology Society's education and core curriculum groups and is co-chair of the sexual and reproductive special interest group. She also lectures and provides training to mental health professionals on psycho-oncology- and sexual health-specific topics.


Areas of Expertise

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Society for Sex Therapy and Research
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society

Practicing Since

  • 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards & Distinctions

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
  • Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)


Medical Education

  • Illinois Institute of Technology


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • Rush University Medical Center

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